ROSS Speight has spelt out how Cheshire's move into Tier 4 Covid restrictions impact on the Middlewich Town side he co-manages with Michael Welch.

"Moving into Tier 4 is an absolute disaster for the club's senior set up," said Speight.

"We can not even train now, so we will be making every effort to work with the lads via running and fitness apps as well as regular Zoom sessions as more of a social catch up."

The club's Cheshire Football League Division One side have done better than most in being able to get nine games played so far this season, including two in December after November's national lockdown.

But the fixture list for January, which features clashes with Knutsford twice, Poynton and Princes Villa, all have postponed next to them due to Tier 4 restrictions preventing non-elite sport taking place.

"We hope things improve quickly and we can return as soon as it’s safe to do so," said Speight.

"The Cheshire League have done a brilliant job of trying to keep the league season going so if there is a chance we can complete the league I know the league will look to do so."

The Witches have made moves to assist the team in coping with these continuing unprecedented times.

"Since our last game we have recruited very well with some experts on board now," said Speight.

"Liam Blackhurst joins us having recently completed his BA honours in sports psychology at Loughborough, and Simon Robinson as fitness coach.

"Player motivation, mental well-being and fitness are areas we need to improve on so myself and Michael are excited to learn from these two.

"Unfortunately due to going into Tier 4 we’ve now missed out on two players. Darren Peacock won’t be relocating from the north east and Roman Welch is leaving us due to a lack of first-team games.

"Hopefully we can reset when football returns and kick on with the great work myself and Welchy have put into this club in the last six years."